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The Repo

The Repo

(2003)
(The first book in the Jack Merchant and Sarah Ballard series)
A novel by

 
From Publishers Weekly
With this thriller full of many original and violent moments of action, mostly at sea, Eidson (One Bad Thing; Frames per Second) introduces a powerful new series that could kick his career into high gear. Jack Merchant, a DEA agent who took early retirement after a disastrous operation, lives on the Lila, his 40-foot sloop docked in the marina at Charlestown, a Boston suburb where he once spent a year drastically culling the drug dealer herd and making lots of enemies-a fact that will soon both haunt and help him. The Lila soaks up every cent he makes as a photographer, and when Sarah Ballard, a woman from his past now running her father's old business of repossessing boats for banks, comes to him with an offer of work tracking down a missing couple and their expensive yacht, he finds himself intrigued-and attracted by Sarah. But she's been through some terrifying times, and Jack quickly realizes "she wasn't looking for hugs and kisses." A lot of the book's strength comes from the way Eidson makes Sarah's roughness and coldness inevitable and convincing. Exceptionally interesting minor players include a cowardly, conniving banker and a dangerously psychotic software tycoon and his virtually invincible "handyman." With a smart new publisher, Eidson seems set for some smooth sailing.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
When Julie and Paul Baylor disappear aboard their boat, the Fresh Air, Sarah Ballard, who earns her living repossessing boats, is hired by MassBank, her biggest client, to reclaim the yacht. But this isn't a standard repo; Baylor, who was one of MassBank's directors, was behind on his boat payments, and the bank fears embarrassment if the details become public. The stakes: find the boat in a week or lose the bank's business. Sarah turns to ex-DEA agent Jack Merchant for help. Why would the Baylors cut and run when Julie was about to make millions on a dot-com IPO? Jack and Sarah eventually learn the reason, but at great cost to themselves and those around them, as the bodies begin to accumulate on the trail that leads to the Baylors. The first entry in a series featuring Ballard and Merchant is carefully plotted, the action is explosive, and the evolving romance between the emotionally vulnerable heroes is fascinating. An excellent series debut and a portent of even better thrillers to come. Wes Lukowsky
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Hardback Editions

May 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Repo (Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels)
Author(s): Bill Eidson
ISBN: 1-932112-11-1 / 978-1-932112-11-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Justin, Charles & Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Repo (Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels)
Author(s): Bill Eidson
ISBN: 1-932112-28-6 / 978-1-932112-28-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Justin, Charles & Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Repo
Author(s): Bill Eidson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

January 2015 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Repo
Author(s): Bill Eidson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Repo (The Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels)
Author(s): Bill Eidson
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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